Some Voters Prefer Inmate Over Obama

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
40 percent of Democrats in Texas prefered a prison inmate over President Obama in the primary.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama return to the White House, Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Washington. President Obama made campaign visits to Columbus, Ohio and Richmond, Va. during his first official day of campaigning for a second term. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Just how unpopular is President Barack Obama in some parts of the country? Enough that a man in prison in Texas got 4 out of 10 votes in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary.
The inmate is Keith Judd and he's serving time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, for making threats at the University of New Mexico in 1999.
Obama received 59 percent of the Democratic vote in West Virginia yesterday to Judd's 41 percent.
For some West Virginia Democrats, simply running against Obama is enough to get Judd votes.
Ronnie Brown is an electrician from Cross Lanes who calls himself a conservative Democrat. He says he doesn't like Obama and voted against him. Brown says, "He didn't carry the state before and I'm not going to let him carry it again."
When asked which presidential candidate he voted for, Brown said, "That guy out of Texas."
A spokesman for the Secretary of State's office says Judd got on the state ballot by paying a $2,500 fee.
Obama's energy policies and the Environmental Protection Agency's handling of mining-related permits have a lot to do with the president's unpopularity in the coal-rich state.


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